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“Rescue Plan” vote on Wednesday

THE HOUSE of Representatives is expected to give its final approval Wednesday to President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package (Shutterstock)

A final vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” is expected on Wednesday, according to United Press International.

The measure, aimed at battling both the coronavirus and its effects on the economy, has been passed in the House previously, and in amended form, by the U.S. Senate.

Now the revised bill goes back to the lower chamber, where passage is expected. Republicans have condemned it as being too expensive and including parts not directly connected to the pandemic.

Once approved by the House, it goes to the White House for Biden’s signature.

Also on Tuesday, the House considered a major labor relations bill that would knock down “right to work” laws in 27 states to the advantage of unions. “Right to work” laws prohibit the “closed shop” where workers at a unionized business are required to join and pay dues. Prospects for the bill in the Senate are considered dim, according to the New York Times, because 60 votes will be required there. Democrats and Republicans each control 50 seats.

News: Buckingham Palace speaks

BUCKINGHAM PALACE (Flickr)

After two days of silence, the British Royal Family’s household issued a statement about an interview in which Prince Harry and Meghan (Markle), Duchess of Sussex, complained about “racism” and cold treatment by the monarchy.

According to the New York Times, the statement said “the whole royal family is saddened,” and that the allegations were “concerning.” The interview was with Oprah Winfrey.

Piers Morgan, host of the TV show “Good Morning Britain,” slammed the comments by the couple, but the backlash by viewers was so great he resigned the post.

Business: Tech stocks boost the market

Investors embraced technology stocks like Apple, Amazon and Facebook on Tuesday, pushing Wall Street to its second straight good day. All three major stock indexes posted gains by the closing bell. The Dow Jones Average rose 30.70 points to 31,832.74. The S&P 500 did even better, increasing by 54.09 points to 3,875.44 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq did the best, leaping 464.66 points to 13,073.82.

Sports:  Apology urged after ethnic slur

The management of the Miami Heat basketball team is urging forward-center Meyers Leonard to apologize for using an anti-Semitic slur while he was playing a video game online. Footage of the game shows Leonard playing the “Call of Duty” game, according to USA Today.

The owner of the Heat, Mickey Arison is Jewish, as is his son Nick Arison, the CEO. Its been the NBA’s policy to fine players who make statements deemed biased against ethnic and other groups.

Monday’s results

Anaheim Ducks 6, Los Angeles Kings 5: In a battle of local rivals, at Staples Center, the visiting team prevailed in overtime. The visitors got a hat trick from Adrian Kempe and managed to overcome a slow start. Rikard Rakell scored two goals and had an assist in the win. The Ducks are now 8-12-6 (22 points) and in seventh place in the NHL West. The Kings are 10-8-6 (26) and in sixth.

Weather:  Rainy night in the OC

RAIN IS FORECAST (Shutterstock)..

If your lawn is looking a little peaked, help is on the way. The forecast for the West Orange County area is for spring showers starting tonight (Tuesday) and continuing through Wednesday and on to Thursday morning.

The daytime highs will be in the high 50s with overnight lows in the 40s. Winds will reach speeds of 11 to 17 miles an hour.

In the coastal areas of Huntington Beach, there’s a small craft advisory with winds gusting up to 40 miles an hour today, and 10 to 20 miles an hour tonight.

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